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Tribute to Jane Birkin

Jacques Deray | 1969 | 122 MINS

The classic 1969 French film featuring Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and the late Jane Birkin in a newly restored digital print.

In Detail

Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa on the French Riviera near St-Tropez. Marianne invites her former lover, Harry, and his teenage daughter to stay. Tension rises between them, especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope. Jacques Deray's languid thriller from 1969 is a tour de force of sexual longing and controlled suspense.

“Erotic languour turns gradually into fear and then horror in this gripping and superbly controlled psychological thriller from 1969, now on rerelease. Alain Delon and Romy Schneider play Jean-Paul and Marianne, lovers who appear to be gloriously happy in a sumptuous villa in the south of France: but more reflective moments reveal them both to be anxious and unfulfilled. Then Marianne's ex-lover shows up for a visit: breezy record producer Harry (Maurice Ronet) who makes no secret of his continued desire for Marianne. Meanwhile, Jean-Paul is fascinated by Penelope, the sexy teenage daughter Harry has brought along. The pool itself is the centre for all sorts of sensuality and something in the very lineaments of the pool itself creates their own awful destiny: it is a primordial swamp of desire, a space in which there is nothing to do but laze around, furtively looking at semi-naked bodies.”
Peter Bradshaw

Jane Birkin, the iconic British-French actress, singer, and style icon, passed away on July 16th, 2023, leaving behind a remarkable legacy in the world of entertainment. And this screening is our tribute to her. Born in London in 1946, Birkin captivated audiences with her enchanting beauty, distinctive voice, and undeniable talent. She starred in numerous acclaimed films throughout her career, including her unforgettable role in "LA PISCINE" (1969), directed by Jacques Deray. With her magnetic presence and effortless grace, Birkin's performance in the film showcased her versatility and solidified her status as a celebrated actress. Alongside her influential collaborations with Serge Gainsbourg, most notably the timeless song "Je t'aime... moi non plus," Jane Birkin leaves an indelible mark on the arts and continues to inspire generations to come.

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